The Digital Arts Initiative is spearheaded by the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts and is a collaborative effort among faculty from the School of Art and Art History and Design, the Johnny Carson School of Theater and Film, and the Glenn Korff School of Music to provide interested students from all majors hands-on experience applying current technology to the arts.

Students at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln interested in the potential of collaboration with their peers in art, music, theater, film, emerging media arts, and related areas may also enjoy a focused study in digital arts. By expanding the student’s understanding of the application of technology in the arts, the Digital Arts Initiative will enhance the student’s creative options within their major. These elective classes will bring together students from various disciplines to share their unique perspectives. Faculty members include professionals who are committed to helping students achieve their full artistic and technical potential. Standards are rigorous, and expectations are high.

Of special note to Art students: all Digital Arts Initiative courses (even those without Art prefixes) count as studio credit.


Fall 2021 Courses

THEA 291Q – Digital Art and 2D Animation

MW 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Instructor: Chris Irvin - cirvin@unl.edu

This class will explore the use of mobile devices as art creation tools. Utilizing mobile phones, Apple iPads, Apple Pencils, and applications that include Procreate, FlipaClip, Adobe mobile apps, and Adobe After Effects, students will gain a foundational knowledge of digital art and 2D animation. This includes exploration and experimentation with storytelling, digital drawing & illustration, character design, 2D animation techniques, digital compositing, and motion graphics. Students will be supplied with an Apple iPad, Pencil, and licensed versions of the required apps for the duration of the class.


MUSC 283 – Music Technology: Foundations of Audio Recording and Production

TR 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Instructor: Tom Larson - tlarson3@unl.edu 

Introduction to the basic theory, practice, and procedures involved in recording and producing music in the modern digital audio production suite. Principles of sound, acoustics, and the fundamentals of DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software and hardware (microphones and mixing consoles).


MUSC 350 – Film Scoring and Creative Sound Design

MW 12:30-1:50 p.m. 

Tom Larson

Exploration of the craft and art of scoring for visual media though practice, analysis and discussion. Develop creative and technical skills in audio editing and music composition for synchronization to picture.

  • Photos of students using a green screen and recording a piano
  • students in a ready for drawing class
  • DAI students working
  • DAI Students working
  • students using computers in Richards 17
  • Digital arts students
  • Digital arts students working
  • Photos of students using a green screen and recording a piano
  • students in a ready for drawing class
  • DAI students working
  • DAI Students working
  • students using computers in Richards 17
  • Digital arts students
  • students using computers in Richards 17